Bush Defends Genocide of Armenians, Calls It "Historic Mass Killings"

This post, written by Lindsay Beyerstein, originally appeared on Majikthise

Congress defied President Bush yesterday and passed a resolution acknowledging the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turks in the early 20th Century.

Here's a statement from committee chair Tom Lantos on the passage of H. Res 106.

Eager to preserve relations with Turkey, Bush urged Congress to reject the resolution:
Congress rejected a plea by the Bush administration yesterday over a resolution officially recognizing as genocide the deportation and massacre of Armenians in the last days of the Ottoman empire.
George Bush warned of the negative repercussions should Congress use the word genocide to describe the killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians and their exile.
"This resolution is not the right response to these historic mass killings, and its passage would do great harm to our relations with a key ally in Nato and in the global war on terror," Mr Bush said. [BBC]
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